Guneet Bhatia/5th March, 2018
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” - William Arthur Ward
The act of being grateful isn't new to us; it began when we were kids. Remember how whenever somebody used to give us something, our parents asked, “Okay! Now say thank you.” Also, before I love you, the three magical words that we initially learned were sorry, please and thank you. Even, a day, Thanksgiving is there on the calendar to make us remember the daily principal of gratitude in our lives.
I often look back and realize that our parents, teachers, and elders placed these things in our heads at a young age. But have we ever wondered why? Being a kid, I never understood it. But as I grew up, I realized it was because they knew how these acts of gratitude would someday give us a positive notion.
We as of now live in a world of messed up souls. Wherever I look, I see characters full of pain and suffering, hardship and confusion, and, disappointment and regret. They begin their days with hubbub mornings, spend the day in a hurry and end it with thousands of thoughts in their head. I used to ponder a lot that why are these people this way. Well, soon I found that either some are not satisfied with their work, some have personal issues, some are burdened while some are merely bored, some don't have any goal while some have enough but not proper ways to accomplish them.
The majority of this pain is associated with one thing, that individuals these days are not content with what they have. And this is what needs to be fixed. If we look around, there are so many things to be grateful for. And all we need to do is decide to be happy having it.
Be thankful for the people around you, people who are not around you, things that cheer you up when you're sad, qualities you have that make you a better person, something you get after working hard or even something you get naturally... just don't stop yourself from giving thanks.
I am not saying life is always going to be Hakuna Matata, but even when it's not, one must understand that there's nothing like rainbows without rains and roses without thorns. It's all about looking at the bright side because being grateful is a choice. There are many things for us to be thankful for, we just need our eyes to see it.
If you want to know how gratitude keeps us happy, I can also suggest you a small activity. All you have to do it, every time you feel happy or grateful for anything, write it down on a small piece of paper, fold it and keep it in a box. Continue doing it. And if one day, you feel a sad or disturbed, open the box and read those folded pieces of paper. I am pretty much sure that those bits will cheer you up.
I am 20, and I can proudly declare that I live a life full of gratitude. I am grateful, and it makes me happy. Moreover, it allows me to sleep peacefully at night.
Guneet Bhatia is a storyteller at wittyfeed.com . You can read her latest stories here.